By 1966, The Beatles were at the major turning point of their career. Having spent ‘65 both touring manically and recording the adventurous and critically well-received Rubber Soul,they knew they had to creatively progress in order to retain their position as the world’s favourite group; that meant Messrs. Lennon and McCartney giving it everything they had. They didn’t disappoint with Revolver, indeed the more serious music critics, previously viewing the group as irrelevant, now began to sit up and take notice. When they followed it with Sgt. Peppers, 'Magical Mystery Tour' E.P. The White Album, Abbey Road, Let It Be and several non-album singles and B-sides all of which were magnificent, they had forged a reputation that has sealed their legacy ever since, and to most extents offered other songwriters no room to match their quite incredible achievements.
Composing the Beatles Songbook – Lennon and McCartney 1966 – 1970 is an independent documentary film which reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers during this hugely creative period. From the first bars of 'Eleanor Rigby' to the closing Abbey Road song-cycle, this film shows how and why they barely put a step wrong while making the most joyous music the world had ever witnessed. Drawing on rare footage, classic performances and penetrating revelations from friends of the pair, Beatles academics and musicologists, we here discover the true story of how those classic songs were written.
With contributions from; friends Barry Miles, Klaus Voorman and Maureen Cleave; musicians Alan Moore and Chris Ingham; journalists Robert Christgau (Village Voice) and Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone); authors Johnny Rogan, Pete Doggett, Steve Turner, and Nigel Williamson and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini. Features; Eleanor Rigby, I’m Only Sleeping, Tomorrow Never Knows, Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day In The Life, I Am The Walrus, Hey Jude, Revolution, Helter Skelter, Golden Slumbers, Get Back and many others.
Extras include; Extended Interviews, Biographies, Beyond DVD Section.